New contenders dogged by disease

VISITORS TO the Arable Event plots at Cereals will be able to see for themselves how new wheat varieties stand up to septoria, according to event organisers.

With less than two weeks to go until the event itself, marked differences between varieties are showing up in the demonstration plots run by Velcourt.

Twelve wheat varieties – a mixture of new with some older benchmarks – are on show, each demonstrated with and without full foliar disease control and growth regulator programmes.

“Choice of variety is even more important now with strobilurin resistance coming in,” said Velcourt trials manager James Alford.

Einstein, Solstice, Robigus, Nijinsky, Gladiator, Istabraq, Glasgow, Welford and WW55 (Exeter) are the new contenders planted along side Malacca, Xi19 and Tanker.

“You can tell just by looking at the plots which have natural resistance and which have really taken a hit from septoria,” reports trials officer Paul Cartwright.

“Robigus is certainly performing well given the high septoria pressure this year.”

But disease resistance ratings in the HGCA Recommended List should only be used as one tool in the decision-making toolbox, he cautions.

“If growers really want to get a good idea of how these new varieties perform, I‘d suggest they come along and see the plots for themselves.”

Arable Event area: stand 705

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